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date: 19 February 2020

Liston, Sonnylocked

(08 May 1932–30 December 1970)
  • Luckett V. Davis

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Liston, Sonny (08 May 1932–30 December 1970), heavyweight boxer, was born Charles Liston in St. Francis County, Arkansas, the ninth of ten children of Tobe Liston, a sharecropper, and Helen Baskin. He received almost no formal education, working on his father’s farm until he was thirteen years old. In later years, he claimed that his father worked him hard and whipped and verbally degraded him almost daily. His mother left the farm after a crop failure, going to St. Louis, Missouri, during the Second World War, and young Liston followed her there in 1945....

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